OpenJS World

Diversity & Inclusion

Education and collaboration are vital to the future of the javascript ecosystem, and it is imperative to us that everyone in the community that wants to participate feels welcome to do so regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion or economic status. Our code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

Our speaker diversity breakdown in 2021 was:

  • 74.5% identifying as a man
  • 23.5% identifying as a woman
  • 1% as non-binary
  • 1% preferring not to answer

Diversity is a high priority for the OpenJS Foundation and we will continue to work to increase these numbers. Registrants from 104 countries made for a culturally diverse event in 2021. Just over 80% identified as a man, 12% as a woman, 1% as non-binary, and 7% preferred not to answer.

While increasing attendee gender diversity and the diversity of other underrepresented groups continues to be a challenge, we provide multiple opportunities for increased diversity and inclusion. As the event did not have a registration fee and was available to everyone, we did not offer diversity scholarships this year. Scholarships will be reimplemented moving forward when we hold in-person events.

Onsite Resources

Nursing Room
We will be providing a private nursing room at this year’s event to aid in the comfort and accessibility of our nursing attendees. The room will be available all days of the event and will be located onsite. For location information, please check with registration or information desk staff onsite.

Venue Accessibility
If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the Linux Foundation event staff at any of the registration or information desks onsite. If you have questions prior to the event, please email events@linuxfoundation.org.

Wheelchair + Medical Equipment Rental
If you need a wheelchair or scooter, you can rent them from Martin Mobility. Please contact them directly for rates and availability.

Communication Stickers
At Registration, attendees can pick up communication stickers to add to their badges. Communication stickers indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction with both other attendees and press (including photographers and videographers).

  • Green = Open to communicate.
  • Yellow = Only if you know me, please.
  • Red = I’m not interested in communicating (or being videotaped or photographed) at this time.

Please be respectful of attendee communication preferences.

Interaction Wristbands
Please be mindful of attendee’s wristbands throughout the conference and use this tool to communicate appropriately:

  • Green = Handshakes and high 5’s are welcome with frequent handwashing.
  • Yellow = Still being cautious, elbow bumps only.
  • Red = No contact at all, please remain 6 feet away.

Don’t see a wristband? Assume red until given permission from the other attendee.

Pronoun Stickers
Pick up a pronoun sticker from registration to share your pronouns with other conference attendees. Please be respectful of attendees’ pronouns.

All-Gender Restrooms
We will designate specific restrooms as all-gender for attendees who feel more comfortable using those facilities.

First Aid/Medical Assistance
If you require first aid or medical assistance, please visit our registration desk or the venue front desk. For emergencies, please dial 911.

How to Handle a Harassment Report
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges and/or shirts onsite and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training, responds to harassments reports, and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

If you are planning to attend an upcoming event and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please reach out to us pre-event. Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to providing an escort, prepping onsite event staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events, and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact.

The Linux Foundation Contacts:
Emily Ruf, Event Manager (eruf@linuxfoundation.org)
Angela Brown, SVP & General Manager of Events (+1-575-694-2263; angela@linuxfoundation.org)

Emergency Resources

Closest Police Station:
City of Austin Police Department
715 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701
512-974-5000

Dial 911 for Emergencies

Closest 24hr Hospital:
Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
1500 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701
512-324-7000

Dial 911 for Emergencies

Taxi Service:
Pronto Rides
512-580-3779
Book Online

24hr Rape Crisis Line:
SAFE Austin
512-267-7233
Text: 737-888-7233

Contact Us With Ideas

If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Angela Brown, SVP & General Manager of Events, at angela@linuxfoundation.org.

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